Before Stanley Kubrick undoubtedly directed some of the best films ever made, he was a simple New York-based teenager looking for work. But even then, when the seventeen year old got his hands on a camera, he couldn’t hide his talent.

He quickly made a name for himself by telling stories through photos before he become one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. His films, which are mostly adaptations of novels or short stories, cover a wide range of genres and are known for their realism, dark humor, extended sets and evocative use of music.

Offline has gathered a collection of his photos of New York from 1940 to 1950, when he worked in the magazine Look.

 

Showgirls At The Copacabana Club, 1948

 

Rosemary Williams At A Restaurant With Two Men, 1948

 

“I think esthetically recording spontaneous action, rather than carefully posing a picture, is the most valid and expressive use of photography”

 

Betsy Von Furstenberg, 1949

 

Walking Girl with a Lipstick, 1940

 

Walking The Streets Of New York, 1946

 

“Think up ideas for stories, go out and shoot them, and then send them in to the magazines. I was lucky; I figured that out when I was young”

 

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1946

 

Passengers In A Subway Car, 1944

 

Couple Sleeping In A Subway Car, 1940

 

Students Drawing A Nude Model In An Art Class, 1948, Columbia University

 

Film Crew, 1947

 

Students Drawing A Nude Model In An Art Class, 1948, Columbia University

 

Shoe Shine Boy, 1940

 

“Don’t try to shoot big events or people; you will probably have the most success by shooting things the magazine would never know of.”

 

Photography and Quotes: Stanley Kubrick

Font Images: Museum of the City of New York

Curation: Offline